Metal Roofing

Metal roofing like Colorbond steel roofing have become a popular mainstay in roofing materials. More people are choosing metal for its durability and style. It comes in multiple colours and in several types of metal.

Metal roofing can even be shaped and customized to the exact specifications of the buyer and can be painted in any colour to enhance the look of your building.

Is it Better to Replace an Old Tile Roof With  Metal Roofing?

Both metal and tile roofs come with their advantages and sometimes the style of your roof will effectively determine which one.

Concrete or terracotta tiles have actually been used for roofing in Australia for more than 70 years and give a traditional style.

The first Colorbond products were produced some 50 years ago. The hi-tech engineering methods and significant product development since then have brought about an outstanding product

Design flexibility

  Colorbond roofing is much more versatile compared to tile roofing. That’s the reason we’ve seen a swing of architecturally designed buildings being specified with metal roofing rather than tiles over the last few years. Having many colours and design options makes Colorbond a creative designers dream roofing product.


Metal roofing can have a lifespan of approximately 70 years whereas tile roofs are easily damaged and prone to cracking under typical Australian weather conditions. Problem leaks also usually happen around the ridge capping areas on tile roofs. Colorbond ridge flashings are much simpler to set up and a lot more reliable.


Colorbond roofs provide a low maintenance roofing option with a stable surface. When repair and maintenance work is needed such as cleaning or repainting there is little chance of damage happening to the metal roofing panels. Conversely, tile roofs often crack subjecting the sub-roofing to water damage and allowing for an accumulation of dirt. Just walking on a tile roof may be enough to dislodge or crack tiles. Heavy tile roofs may even require periodic strengthening or replacement of roofing support structures.


Colorbond roofing is much lighter in comparison to tile roofing, as much as 90% lighter. Not only does this mean that the handling and installation are much simpler and quicker but the roofing subframe is not subject to heavy loading.  Another benefit is that lighter battens can be used and rafters spaced further apart for an additional cost saving.


At a minimum Colorbond Roofs ought to be installed with a 55 mm thick foil adhered insulation blankets beneath them. This blanket offers thermal, acoustic and condensation protection. This just isn’t the case with tile roofs which are typically installed with just common foil or occasionally without having anything under them.

Is Colorbond Roofing More Difficult To Install Than Tiles?

Colorbond steel roofs are a breeze to put in for experienced roofing contractors.

Like any roofing material, it’s critical to install the roof per the building code and manufacturer’s instructions. Metal roofs are incredibly resistant to damage from tradespeople walking on the panels or other damage.

The light-weight and cut to length properties of Colorbond Roofing mean that large areas may be rapidly installed by smaller crews lowering the exposure of your property to multiple people. Which in turn lessens the risk of damage.

Tiles are heavy and this can create real problems and additional costs in transportation and installation. Because of the labour intensive nature of putting in tiles.

Tile roofing crews often tend to be larger than metal roofing teams– which raise the risk of damage to your property during installation.

Roofs made from tiles can be more delicate and can be easily damaged by tradespeople walking on the roof

Pointing and roof capping can also be challenging areas when putting in tile roofs and demand extremely careful attention.

What Does It Cost To Change A Tile Roof With Colorbond?

There are numerous variables when it comes to costing any roof. The only way to make sure is to look for a firm estimate from qualified installers.

Generally, a standard Colorbond metal roof will be approximately the same price as standard concrete tiles roofs.

The big savings come in with time.

Lower maintenance, better insulation, greater storm damage protection and the possibility of lower premiums on your home insurance are what makes Colorbond roofing the big winner when compared to tile roofs.

How Do I Select The Right Colorbond Product?

Colorbond steel has been tested and designed for Australianenvironments and it’s made right here in Australia.

A variety of Colorbond steel roofing products are readily available to suit a range of Australian weather conditions including:

Coastal and other high corrosion environments– choose the Colorbond Ultra steel or Colorbond stainless steel range.

Regular Australian condition and locations– choose from the standard Colorbond steel range.

As soon as you’ve selected the appropriate Colorbond steel for your site your hardest decision will be to choose from the amazing Colorbond colour range.


Will Colorbond Roofing Improve My Property Value Over Tiles?

Colorbond is arguably the most popular and brand aware roofing material in Australia today. We’ve seen that buyers these days have a preference for metal roofs like Colorbond.

Personal choice will always reckon in setting property values and terracotta tiles can look really smart in certain styles of homes. But Colorbond roofing is quickly becoming the roof of choice for the future.

So, in other words, replacing tired old roofing tiles with Colorbond is going to add a real boost to your property’s value.

If you are thinking about, “tile roof versus Colorbond, what’s better?”, you need to get in touch with us.

If you are all set to install a Colorbond roof or replace your tile roof with a Colorbond one.

Get in touch with us using the form below and we will be happy to assist you with finding the most appropriate roofing option for your project.